Best Dry Puppy Foods

Little Girl with Puppy and Waiting for the Best Dry Puppy Food

Puppy owners love to ask…

What’s the Best
Dry Food for Puppies?

But how could a one-size-fits-all dry dog food be “best” for every puppy?

After all…

There are 2 different TYPES of dry puppy food.

One designed for large breed puppies.

And another for smaller breeds.

Unfortunately…

Choosing the wrong food (one that contains too much calcium) could cause permanent bone damage to your pup.1 2 3

Including a crippling form of hip dysplasia.

Especially for larger breeds.

Which is why we urge you to choose a food that’s designed to be safe for YOUR dog’s breed size.

What’s Your Puppy’s
Breed Size?

Large breed puppies are those whose adult weight is expected to be more than 50 pounds.

Now…

Because larger breeds are at greater risk for hip dysplasia

And since small and medium breeds can safely eat a wider selection of dry dog food

The Dog Food Advisor has created a special list of foods that are best for EACH breed size.

On the list below, we’ve included both grain-inclusive and grain-free recipes to satisfy your personal feeding preferences.

Top 20 Best Dry Puppy Foods
October 2019

Here are The Dog Food Advisor’s top 20 best dry puppy foods for October 2019.

Farmina Natural and Delicious Ancestral Grain Puppy

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Dry Puppy Formula

Rating:

Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain Puppy is one of 15 recipes included in our review of the Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, dehydrated chicken, whole spelt, whole oats, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Farmina N&D Ancestral Grain formula derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 38% protein, 22% fat and 32% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 57%.

Highly recommended.

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Wellness Complete Health

Wellness Complete Health Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Wellness Complete Health Puppy is one of 14 recipes included in our review of the Wellness Complete Health product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, oatmeal, ground barley, peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Wellness Complete Health formula derives the bulk of its meat protein from deboned chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 32% protein, 20% fat and 40% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

A top pick for controlled growth.

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Go Carnivore Dog Food for Puppies

Go! Carnivore Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Go! Carnivore Puppy is one of 5 recipes included in our review of the Go! Carnivore product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, turkey meal, salmon meal, de-boned chicken, de-boned turkey
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies
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This Go! Carnivore product derives the bulk of its animal protein from poultry meal, salmon meal and deboned poultry. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 40% protein, 20% fat and 32% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 50%.

An above-average growth recipe.

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Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy

Pro Pac Ultimates Chicken and Brown Rice Dry Puppy

Rating:

Pro Pac Ultimates Puppy is one of 6 recipes included in our review of the Pro Pac Ultimates product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, white rice, chicken fat, rice bran
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Pro Pac Ultimates growth formula derives most of its meat protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 22% fat and 36% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

An exceptional choice for growth.

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Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy Food

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy Chicken and Brown Rice

Rating:

Blue Buffalo Life Protection Puppy is one of 23 recipes included in our review of the Blue Buffalo Life Protection product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, barley,
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Blue Buffalo Life Protection formula derives the majority of its animal protein from chicken. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 30% protein, 18% fat and 44% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 59%.

A superior growth formula.

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Orijen Puppy

Orijen Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Orijen Puppy is one of 8 recipes included in our review of the Orijen product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, deboned turkey, Atlantic flounder, cage-free eggs, whole Atlantic mackerel
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Orijen all life stages product derives most of its meat protein from deboned poultry and fish. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 43% protein, 23% fat and 26% estimated carbs… which yields a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul Puppy Chicken, Turkey and Brown Rice

Rating:

Chicken Soup for the Soul Puppy Chicken, Turkey and Brown Rice is one of 7 recipes included in our review of the Chicken Soup for the Soul product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, turkey, chicken meal, turkey meal, cracked pearled barley
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies
  • See all 7 available recipes

This Chicken Soup for the Soul all life stages food derives the majority of its animal protein from poultry and poultry meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 20% fat and 39% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 60%.

A quality growth recipe.

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Adirondack 30% High Fat Puppy and Performance

Adirondack 30% Protein High Fat Recipe Dry Dog Food

Rating:

Adirondack 30% Protein High Fat formula is one of 4 recipes included in our review of the Adirondack product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, chicken fat, dried plain beet pulp, ground grain sorghum
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Adirondack 30% Protein High Fat all life stages formula derives most of its meat protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 22% fat and 36% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 67%.

A great choice.

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Instinct Raw Boost Puppy

Instinct Raw Boost Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Instinct Raw Boost Puppy is one of 15 recipes included in our review of the Instinct Raw Boost product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, peas, egg product
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies
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This Instinct Raw Boost growth formula derives the majority of its animal protein from chicken, chicken meal and turkey meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 37% protein, 24% fat and 31% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

An exceptional growth formula.

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Blackwood Puppy

Blackwood Puppy Food Growth Diet

Rating:

Blackwood Puppy Food Growth Diet is one of 5 recipes included in our review of the Blackwood Everyday Recipes product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, millet, chicken fat, ground grain sorghum
  • Type: Grain-inclusive
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Blackwood growth formula derives the majority of its meat protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 30% protein, 19% fat and 43% estimated carbs… which produces a fat-to-protein ratio of about 63%.

A superior all life stages recipe.

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Kinetic Performance 28K

Kinetic Performance 28K Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Kinetic Performance 28K Puppy is one of 4 recipes included in our review of the Kinetic Performance product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, chicken by-product meal, brewers rice, ground sorghum, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
  • See all 4 available recipes

This Kinetic Performance 28K all life stages product derives most of its meat protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 17% fat and 44% estimated carbs… resulting in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

Highly recommended.

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Wellness Core for Puppies

Wellness Core Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Wellness Core Puppy is one of 12 recipes included in our review of the Wellness Core product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned chicken, chicken meal, turkey meal, potatoes, peas
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Wellness Core growth formula derives most of its animal protein from chicken and poultry meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 40% protein, 20% fat and 33% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 49%.

An excellent choice.

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AvoDerm Natural Puppy

AvoDerm Natural Chicken Meal and Brown Rice Puppy

Rating:

AvoDerm Natural Puppy is one of 9 recipes included in our review of the AvoDerm Natural product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, ground brown rice, ground white rice, chicken fat, oatmeal,
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
  • See all 9 available recipes

This AvoDerm Natural growth formula derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 18% fat and 45% estimated carbs… which creates a fat-to-protein ratio of about 62%.

Enthusiastically recommended.

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Nulo Freestyle Puppy

Nulo Freestyle Puppy Turkey and Sweet Potato

Rating:

Nulo Freestyle Puppy Turkey and Sweet Potato is one of 8 recipes included in our review of the Nulo Freestyle product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Deboned turkey, turkey meal, salmon meal, chickpeas, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
  • See all 8 available recipes

This Nulo Freestyle growth formulation derives the majority of its meat protein from turkey, turkey meal and salmon meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 37% protein, 20% fat and 35% estimated carbs… which results in a fat-to-protein ratio of about 55%.

An exceptional food.

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Nutro Ultra Puppy

Nutro Ultra Dry Puppy Food

Rating:

Nutro Ultra Puppy is one of 10 recipes included in our review of the Nutro Ultra product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken, chicken meal, whole brown rice, brewers rice, rice bran
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: Growth
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies
  • See all 10 available recipes

This Nutro Ultra growth product derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken and chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 31% protein, 17% fat and 44% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 54%.

An excellent growth formula.

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Dr. Gary's Best Breed Puppy

Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Puppy Diet

Rating:

Dr. Gary’s Best Breed Puppy Diet is one of 13 recipes included in our review of the Dr. Gary’s Best Breed product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, brown rice, oatmeal, dried beet pulp, chicken fat
  • Type: Grain-inclusive (contains grain)
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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This Dr. Gary’s Best Breed all life stages product derives the bulk of its animal protein from chicken meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 28% protein, 14% fat and 50% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 52%.

Highly recommended.

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Annamaet Ohana Grain Free

Annamaet Grain-Free Ohana Puppy Food

Rating:

Annamaet Ohana is one of 7 recipes included in our review of the Annamaet Grain-Free product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Cod head, whitefish meal, coconut flour, lentils, whole dry eggs
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
  • See all 7 available recipes

Annamaet Ohana derives most of its meat protein from fish and fish meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 33% protein, 18% fat and 41% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 53%.

A top recipe for growing dogs.

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Solid Gold Wolf Cub

Solid Gold Wolf Cub Dry Puppy

Rating:

Solid Gold Wolf Cub is one of 9 recipes included in our review of the Solid Gold product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Bison, ocean fish meal, brown rice, oatmeal, peas
  • Type: Grain-inclusive
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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Solid Gold Wolf Cub derives the bulk of its animal protein from bison and fish meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 29% protein, 13% fat and 50% estimated carbs… producing a fat-to-protein ratio of about 46%.

A superior all life stages design.

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health

Holistic Select Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health

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Holistic Select Grain Free Adult and Puppy Health is one of 10 recipes included in our review of the Holistic Select Grain Free product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Salmon, anchovy and sardine meal, potatoes, peas, menhaden fish meal
  • Type: Grain-free
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: Small and medium breed puppies
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This Holistic Select Grain Free all life stages product derives most of its meat protein from salmon and fish meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 32% protein, 16% fat and 44% estimated carbs… creating a fat-to-protein ratio of about 48%.

A superior all life stages recipe.

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Victor Nutra Pro Active Dog and Puppy Kibble

Victor Purpose Nutra Pro Dry Kibble

Rating:

Victor Purpose Nutra Pro is one of 6 recipes included in our review of the Victor Purpose product line.

  • First 5 ingredients: Chicken meal, blood meal, whole grain millet, chicken fat, yeast culture
  • Type: Grain-inclusive
  • Profile: All life stages
  • Best For: All puppies including large breeds
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Victor Purpose Nutra Pro derives the bulk of its meat protein from chicken meal and blood meal. Our dry matter label analysis reveals the recipe contains 42% protein, 20% fat and 31% estimated carbs… yielding a fat-to-protein ratio of about 47%.

A quality all life stages recipe. Highly recommended.

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References

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  2. Richardson, Skeletal diseases of the growing dog: Nutritional influences and the role of diet, Canine Hip Dysplasia: A Symposium Held at Western Veterinary Conference, 1995
  3. Hazewinkel HAW. Nutrition in relation to skeletal growth deformities. J Sm Anim Practice. 1989; 30:525-630